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Learning Spaces and Community Engagement Manager

Vacancy number
Job type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
17 September 2019
Closing date
15 October 2019 Vacancy closed

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

Learning Spaces and Community Engagement Manager

Key responsibilities
Leiden Observatory, the astronomy institute of Leiden University, is leading several large scale European and global educational and public engagement programmes in astronomy and science. These include spaceEU, Universe Awareness, Science Shops, the IAU astroEDU, Open Science Hub. Funds are likely to be available to initiate a new European Open Schooling programme in October 2019.

We seek a Learning Spaces and Community Engagement Manager to support the implementation of one or more of these projects. The main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Manage learning spaces related to Astronomy & Society Group projects, namely Old Observatory and Open Science Hub NL;
  • Manage the Old Observatory and Open Science Hub educational and public engagement activities, including events, tours, open days and exhibitions;
  • Co-develop and implement evidence-based educational and public engagement activities in various formats and target groups;
  • Monitor the progress of the technical and scientific aspects of the projects;
  • Develop project-based collaborations and communication with schools, other partner institutions and the public;
  • Support the activities of Astronomy & Society Group and the Department of Science Communication & Society of Leiden University, the Netherlands;
  • Work with partners from different countries and represent the project at national and international conferences.

Selection criteria

  • A MSc or PhD degree in science, science communication or another related study;
  • Co-creation and facilitation skills;
  • Complete fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Experience with network building;
  • Experience with pre-tertiary education namely on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics);
  • Some experience in Community Management and Community-Based Participatory Research;
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications;
  • Proven management skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information: Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions
We offer a 1 year term position. Salary range from 2,835.- to € 3,895.- gross per month (pay scale 9 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information: Working at Leiden University.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries and/or questions about the procedure can be made to Maria Vicente, Astronomy & Society group leader, email: maria@plataforma.edu.pt.

Please submit your application no later than 15 October 2019 to https://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2019/OSHub/. We require you to provide contact information for one referee, and provide a motivation letter and a curriculum vitae.

The expected starting date is 15 November or 1 December 2019.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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